Thursday, January 29, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

cold war 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/14/13) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02), and Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) to help provide relief to Cold War weapons program facilities workers who have been denied claims for decades.
 
The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 1960, expresses that it is the sense of Congress that the President should establish an advisory board on toxic substances and worker health to advise the Labor Department’s review of weapons program facilities workers’ benefits applications.
 
“The Cold War-era nuclear arms race was a trying time our country, and for those who worked in the construction of atomic weapons,” stated Whitfield. “That is especially true at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which is why I have been pushing for this initiative for the last several years. We must ensure that these brave men and women receive health benefits for any workplace-related illness that may have resulted from their service to our country.”
 
“We owe our ‘Cold War Patriots’ a great debt of gratitude for their service to our country, and we have a duty to ensure that these atomic weapons program workers are given the medical benefits they deserve to care for their work-related illnesses,” said Rep. Polis. “It is unacceptable that individuals in my district who worked at the Rocky Flats Plant and contracted multiple cancers and illnesses are dying before their applications are even processed. Creating an advisory board would be an important first step to fix a severely broken application review system.”
 
"This is about justice,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “These workers risked their lives to protect this nation and helped end the Cold War, and they are entitled to receive the proper health care and benefits for this unselfish sacrifice to our country. “These workers earned the right to a fast and fair process to improve the processing of claims for these eligible workers."
 
During the Cold War, approximately 600,000 American workers were employed at U.S. atomic weapons program facilities throughout the country. Many of these workers were unknowingly exposed to radioactive and toxic substances at work and as a result these “Cold War Patriots” later developed cancers and other diseases they are managing to this day. Unfortunately, bureaucratic hurdles and delays have prevented Cold War weapons program facilities workers from receiving the benefits they deserve to care for the illnesses they contracted.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Breakthroughs for Circuit Clerks' Organ Donation Awareness Program

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/27/15) — The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save… Read More

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/27/15) — The following indictments were recently handed down by a Hopkins County Grand Jury.… Read More

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 13874

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 9666

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 7558

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 7238

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 22, 2015 6834

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 6152

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 26, 2015 6111

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 23, 2015 5984

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 21085

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 20904

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 28, 2015 13874

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 28, 2015 4888

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 4000

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 3724

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight, Hopkins Circuit Clerk
January 28, 2015 2746

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 2082

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 27, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 27, 2015 1641

Power of a Positive Attitude

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 1636

Whitfield Works to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
January 27, 2015 1633

NHRA North Central Division Names Dallas Jones…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Telia Butler
January 27, 2015 1601

Restless Legs Syndrome Affects Many

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 28, 2015 1421

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 28, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 27, 2015 1292

Practice Weather-Related Pet Safety

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News